Life Tip #175

Take that spur of the moment road trip.

Sometimes we need to let ourselves take those last-minute road trips. A friend and I once spent almost the same amount of time driving to Florida as we did in Florida: about thirty-two total hours driving and just forty-eight hours in the Sunshine State.

I’ve taken many shorter but no less adventuresome road trips, like deciding to go to the Kentucky Derby at midnight the night before the race, and leaving right that minute.

My son has picked up on this notion. While in Navy training in upstate New York one year, he and some buddies decided to drive down to witness the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. You know, the one with all the humongous balloon characters. Nice! I’m still jealous.

Believe me, a spur-of-the-moment road trip once in a while does the soul good. Some road trips you will forever regret if you do not make them, especially the ones that can never be recaptured. To this day, I regret turning down two such road trips. I had the chance to see a ballgame in Chicago’s old Comiskey Park before it was torn down. Missed it. Even more regrettably, I had a chance to go to Alpine Valley in Wisconsin see Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, and others, but decided at the last minute not to go. I was a huge Stevie Ray fan at the time. Well, a few of you may know that Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash leaving that very same concert.

Don’t put off those exciting road trips that present themselves to you. Take as many of them as you can.

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“Reality, no matter how utopian, seems to be something people need to frequently take a holiday from.” ~ Aldous Huxley

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